I was just in one of the sweetest places on the planet! And, I don’t say that just because of the 1000 women I met in Belleville, Illinois this past weekend. I also say this because Belleville is where, in 1869, a certain candy was born. Guess which one? Here is probably the only hint you need: President Ronald Reagan loved this itty-bitty burst of sweetness. Yep, you got it…Jelly Bellies! Jelly Belly jelly beans were invented in Belleville, Illinois by a young candy maker named Gustav Goelitz over one hundred years ago.